These homemade Hot Buttered Soft Pretzels are chewy, buttery and the perfect warm snack for watching a movie on a rainy afternoon. The dough is super easy to put together and once you get the hang of rolling out the dough into long ropes things move pretty quickly!
Because the dough is elastic it has a tendency to bounce back when you try to roll out a long rope. I suggest getting all of the eight logs of dough together then start rolling the first rope. When it starts to bounce back, set it aside and start on the next log until it bounces back, then go back to the first rope. Continue on with the third log and so on.
This method also helps to make sure that all your ropes are the same length. After all the ropes are rolled its just a matter of twisting each one into a pretzel shape. These pretzels are really only good when served nice and warm. If you won’t be eating them right away or have leftovers just pop the pretzel into the microwave for 15 seconds and your pretzel will come out piping hot and almost as good as when it was freshly baked!
These pretzels are great on their own or served with your favorite dipping mustard. Here is how you can make your own.
Start by making the dough. I made mine in an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Place the flour, salt, sugar, instant yeast (I use Fleishmann’s RapidRise Yeast), and water in the bowl of the mixer. Mix for around 5 minutes or until a nice dough comes together.
Place dough into a plastic bag to rest for 30 minutes. After the dough has rested, divide into eight equal pieces and shape into little logs. Let the logs rest for 5 minutes.
Preheat oven to 475 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment or Silpat. Set aside. While the dough logs are resting make the topping.
Topping: Dissolve 2 tablespoons baking soda into 1 cup boiling water. Pour mixture into a 9″ square baking pan. Set aside to cool.
Roll each log of dough into a long thin rope, around 28″ long. Start with the first log and when it becomes difficult to roll, move on to the next log. When that log gets difficult to roll go back to the first log and roll into a rope. Continue on with all 8 dough logs.
When all the ropes are rolled, twist each rope into a pretzel shape. When all the ropes are twisted into pretzels, place two pretzels into the topping smooth side down.
Spoon the topping over the exposed tops of the pretzels until wet. Leave pretzels in the topping for 2 minutes then transfer, smooth side up, to prepared baking sheet and sprinkle with kosher salt.
Allow pretzels to rest on baking sheet for 10 minutes before baking. (I was able to get 4 pretzels on a baking sheet.) After resting for 10 minutes bake pretzels for 7-9 minutes or until golden brown.
While pretzels are baking melt 3 tablespoons butter in the microwave and set aside. Remove pretzels from oven and brush them thoroughly with the melted butter.
Eat the pretzels warm or reheat in the microwave for 12 seconds.